Posts Tagged ‘Baseball’

Hammerin’ Hank hits a homer!

November 11, 2010

“It’s gone! It’s 715! There’s a new home run champion!” – Milo Hamilton, WSB-TV, April 8, 1974

The Atlanta Heart Walk was held not in Turner Field itself, but was spread throughout the parking lot. When Fulton County Stadium was torn down in 1997, the area was leveled out and paved – the old stadium is now the new stadium’s parking area. One small section was left standing: the outfield wall that Henry Aaron’s 715th home run cleared when he broke Major League Baseball’s lifetime home run record.

The Plan for Durham

July 23, 2009

I’ll leave for Durham, North Carolina about 9:00 AM Friday morning, and I plant to  take AMTRAK. Don’t drive to the Raleigh-Durham Airport looking for a candy apple red jet; Heart Force One will stay in the hanger for this trip.

I’ll be out of touch most of the day Friday – I change trains in Wilson, North Carolina, I might be able to report in from there if an Internet connection is available. I’ll post an update when possible.

Saturday is the day of the CHD Symposium at Duke Children’s Hospital. I plan to blog the event, which begins at 9:00 AM, Eastern Time. (1300 London Time) Again, I do not know if an Internet connect will be available. If it is, I plan to liveblog the day’s events; and if there is not, I’ll take good notes and have several days worth of posts next week. I’ll have to take a break from blogging at 11:00 AM when I speak, and I plan to post my speech on Funky Heart as soon as possible after I finish. There will also be a break for lunch after my presentation, so I might be away for a while.

I’ve also been asked to Twitter the event – if I have an Internet connection I can twitter from my laptop, if not, hopefully from my phone. Follow me on Twitter to see what is going on, my user name is funkyheart. My phone has been pouting lately and not wanting to text messages, I think I have accidentally turned off the text feature. I’ll examine it and see what I can figure out. Just because I know how to use the technology doesn’t always mean I understand it!

At 5:00 PM the hospital is going to offer a tour of their new Pediatric Cardiac ICU, I will probably go but I haven’t quite decided yet. The last time I was in a Peds Cardiac ICU, I was a patient.

After the tour concludes Symposium attendees are invited to a Durham Bulls baseball game! I love baseball and almost certainly will go! The Bulls are  a AAA team – for you non baseball fans, that means they are a Minor League baseball team, but only one level below Major League Baseball,  so the quality of play should be excellent. Mid morning Sunday I have to meet the train for my trip home.

I hope you are planning to attend… If you are, be sure to say hi!

When we all sing the same song

July 6, 2009

On Disability Awareness Day 2007 at Boston’s Fenway Park, a young man with Autism was chosen to sing the National Anthem. (He’s standing at the microphone behind the catcher, the camera will focus on him in just a moment.) Halfway through the song, his nerves got the better of him and he broke out in a case of nervous laughter. Rather than boo him back to his seat, the 30,000 fans join in and help him finish the song!

When we all pull together, we can move the world.

News of the Day

March 5, 2009

Blog Carnival: The Blog Carnival is on! If you wish to participate, please write a post on the subject “The gifts and challenges of a Congenital Heart Defect.” Post it on your blog and send me a link at ! The final day for submissions is March 21, 2009.

There is positive movement on the Congenital Heart Futures Act! As you may remember, members of the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and other CHD groups lobbied Congress for sponsors for the Act, and we may have some positive movement on the issue! However… I gave my word that I wouldn’t write anything until it was official, so I can’t tell you yet. But I will as soon as I can!

Light the fires and kick the tires! The Funky Heart is traveling again! The trip is still in the future (and in the planning stages) so right now I’ll just give you little hints: Horace Greeley told me what to do, and I’ll be in John’s old stomping grounds. If I get to see some baseball, perhaps I’ll get lucky and see some good pitching. I’d love to see a pitcher get ten strikeouts! Any guesses? (Some of you know, so your guess doesn’t count!)

Former First Lady Barbara Bush had Aortic Valve Replacement surgery today and at last report is doing well. President Bush (#41) had some snappy comments at the press conference today but nearly broke down when talking about the surgical team. Like him or loathe him, it’s easy to see that President Bush loves his First Lady.

Robin Williams will also need to have his Aortic Valve replaced. Best of luck to ya, Robin. May you bounce back quickly and make us all laugh again very soon!

We’ve talked before about USB- based Electronic Health Records (EHR), but it looks like they may be out the window. Some medical facilities have even blocked their computers’ USB ports, in an effort to prevent forgetful staff from accidentally plugging one into the system. Running around the hospital sticking little plastic plugs into every USB port you can find… I wonder if that pays well? *sigh* I’m so used to carrying my USB that I feel naked without it, but it looks like it is back to the drawing board.

Why I Love Baseball

October 26, 2008

“During our sundown perambulations we have seen children playing Base, a game of ball… this game of ball is glorious.” – attributed to Walt Whitman, 1846.

I love baseball. Normally I am an Atlanta Braves fan, but for a little while I am a Philadelphia Phillies fan. When I was in Philadelphia this past May to attend the Adult Congenital Heart Association’s (ACHA) National Convention, two new friends and I went to an Italian restaurant downtown. On the way back to the conference hotel we passed the Phillies’  home field, Citizen’s Bank Park. We figure that gives us enough “street cred” to be “honorary Phillies fans” for the duration of the World Series.

I love the game. Not because, as George Carlin says, it’s all about being safe, and rushing home. Baseball is great because there is no clock. As long as you hit the ball safely, as long as you don’t get that 3rd out, you can keep your half of the inning going. No rule says you must quit after a certain amount of time or number of batters reach the plate; the other team has to force you to stop. And as long as you are batting, good things can happen.

When I was born, I wasn’t given much of a chance. But just like there is no clock in baseball, there is no clock in life. Getting good medical care, taking care of yourself, and the occasional dose of good fortune can extend your time at the plate; not taking care of yourself or participating in high risk activities can strike you out quickly. Life has ups and downs, but keeping your head together and taking care of yourself can keep you going. That is especially true for someone with a heart defect. Fast and furious may try to win the race, but slow and steady sets the pace.

“No matter how good you are, you are going to lose one-third of your games. And no matter how bad you are, you are going to win one third of your games. It’s what you do with the other third that makes the difference.” – Tommy Lasorda.

Hey guys… I’m still batting!